Accessing Dashboard 1.7.X and above

Sebastian Florek edited this page Aug 30, 2018 · 26 revisions

IMPORTANT: HTTPS endpoints are only available if you used Recommended Setup, followed Getting Started guide to deploy Dashboard or manually provided --tls-key-file and --tls-cert-file flags. In case you did not and you access Dashboard over HTTP, then Dashboard can be accessed the same way as older versions.

NOTE: Dashboard should not be exposed publicly over HTTP. For domains accessed over HTTP it will not be possible to sign in. Nothing will happen after clicking Sign in button on login page.

kubectl proxy

kubectl proxy creates proxy server between your machine and Kubernetes API server. By default it is only accessible locally (from the machine that started it).

First let's check if kubectl is properly configured and has access to the cluster. In case of error follow this guide to install and set up kubectl.

$ kubectl cluster-info
# Example output
Kubernetes master is running at
Heapster is running at
KubeDNS is running at

To further debug and diagnose cluster problems, use 'kubectl cluster-info dump'.

Start local proxy server.

$ kubectl proxy
Starting to serve on

Once proxy server is started you should be able to access Dashboard from your browser.

To access HTTPS endpoint of dashboard go to: http://localhost:8001/api/v1/namespaces/kube-system/services/https:kubernetes-dashboard:/proxy/

NOTE: Dashboard should not be exposed publicly using kubectl proxy command as it only allows HTTP connection. For domains other than localhost and it will not be possible to sign in. Nothing will happen after clicking Sign in button on login page.


This way of accessing Dashboard is only recommended for development environments in a single node setup.

Edit kubernetes-dashboard service.

$ kubectl -n kube-system edit service kubernetes-dashboard

You should see yaml representation of the service. Change type: ClusterIP to type: NodePort and save file. If it's already changed go to next step.

# Please edit the object below. Lines beginning with a '#' will be ignored,
# and an empty file will abort the edit. If an error occurs while saving this file will be
# reopened with the relevant failures.
apiVersion: v1
  name: kubernetes-dashboard
  namespace: kube-system
  resourceVersion: "343478"
  selfLink: /api/v1/namespaces/kube-system/services/kubernetes-dashboard-head
  uid: 8e48f478-993d-11e7-87e0-901b0e532516
  externalTrafficPolicy: Cluster
  - port: 443
    protocol: TCP
    targetPort: 8443
    k8s-app: kubernetes-dashboard
  sessionAffinity: None
  type: ClusterIP
  loadBalancer: {}

Next we need to check port on which Dashboard was exposed.

$ kubectl -n kube-system get service kubernetes-dashboard
NAME                   CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)        AGE
kubernetes-dashboard   <nodes>       443:31707/TCP   21h

Dashboard has been exposed on port 31707 (HTTPS). Now you can access it from your browser at: https://<master-ip>:31707. master-ip can be found by executing kubectl cluster-info. Usually it is either or IP of your machine, assuming that your cluster is running directly on the machine, on which these commands are executed.

In case you are trying to expose Dashboard using NodePort on a multi-node cluster, then you have to find out IP of the node on which Dashboard is running to access it. Instead of accessing https://<master-ip>:<nodePort> you should access https://<node-ip>:<nodePort>.

API Server

In case Kubernetes API server is exposed and accessible from outside you can directly access dashboard at: https://<master-ip>:<apiserver-port>/api/v1/namespaces/kube-system/services/https:kubernetes-dashboard:/proxy/

Note: This way of accessing Dashboard is only possible if you choose to install your user certificates in the browser. In example certificates used by kubeconfig file to contact API Server can be used.


Dashboard can be also exposed using Ingress resource. For more information check:

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